Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Honoring Our Mothers

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Father John recently visited our Sanctuaries for Life program
Guest Post from Father John
President & CEO of Catholic Charities

I have always believed that God endows mothers with special gifts. When I think of my own mother, I think first of her sacrifice. I was one of 13 children, so my mom gave of herself on behalf of her children each and every day. What does it mean to change diapers for so many years, or to patch up skinned knees, or to cook for a big family every single night? It means care, kindness, love, and commitment. And my mom was best at those things.

My mom was my coach – not in football and basketball and baseball – but in the most important things in life. Like how to care for others, how to be nice, how to be loving to my brothers and sisters, and how to see each person as someone deserving of my compassion. These gifts from my mother continue to be a guiding force in my life, as well as a guiding force for the work we do here at Catholic Charities.

This Mother’s Day, please keep in your prayers the many, many moms in our community who are facing tremendous challenges. They may be struggling to feed their children, to shelter them, and to give them the gifts so many of us take for granted: security, happiness, and hope.

Each day Catholic Charities reaches out to these moms to help them in their struggles. Our Sanctuaries for Life program in Wheaton is there providing assistance to women with their pregnancies, helping them make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their children. Our Tenants Empowerment Network in southeast DC provides families who are homeless with an apartment and then works with them to find stable employment and childcare so they can get back on their feet. And our THRIVE program helps young people, often already mothers (and fathers) themselves, transitioning out of foster care to learn to live independently.

These programs exist only because you and others like you care enough to make them work. And so, in the spirit of Mother’s Day, let’s work to help every mother, every child, and every person in need realize the beauty and bounty of God’s blessings.


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We’re collecting donations of new and gently-used baby clothes, diapers, and more for our “Beautiful Blessings” Baby Goods Drive throughout May!

Learn more about our programs for mothers and families in need, including Sanctuaries for Life, Tenants Empowerment Network, and THRIVE.